After battling near the lead from the start, jockey David Lopez took a gamble with California invader Summers Peace. "I tried to steal the...

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AUBURN — After battling near the lead from the start, jockey David Lopez took a gamble with California invader Summers Peace.

“I tried to steal the race by breaking away at the eighth pole,” he said. “If they catch me then they catch me, but I didn’t hear anybody coming.”

No one caught the 5-year-old mare, who won Sunday’s Washington State Legislators Stakes at Emerald Downs in Auburn by 3 ¼ lengths over Rewritten. Summers Peace, who was 10-1, ran the 6 ½ furlongs in 1 minute, 16.29 seconds.

Summers Peace, who has raced mostly in Northern California, beat 10 others, including Cliff’s Secret, the 6-5 favorite.

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The pace was hot early with Cliff’s Secret, Sis’s Sis and Summers Peace waging a good battle. But while the first two were tiring, Summers Peace had a lot left.

“She was really relaxed and going easily,” said Lopez, who is based in Northern California and whose only previous visit to Emerald Downs was a seventh aboard Autism Awareness in the 2009 Longacres Mile.

Summers Peace, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred, had lost 10 straight races. She is trained by Larry Ross, but he was quick to credit Charles Jenda, the mare’s trainer in all her previous races.

Rewritten, ridden by Leslie Mawing, rallied from 10th place to finish second, one length ahead of Dream Sweeper, who was 33-1.

Hard Way Ten, another California shipper, finished fourth. Cliff’s Secret was fifth.

“She seemed relaxed throughout, but I didn’t have any horse by the time we reached the stretch,”said Chad Hoverson, who rode Cliff’s Secret. “The winner showed the same speed as us and still won.”

Mawing was pleased with the rally of Rewritten, who was 16-1.

“My horse always makes one late move, so I let her pick her spot,” Mawing said. “It took her a little while to find her stride, so I brought her down to the rail to save ground. I asked her at the three-sixteenths pole, and she really exploded. I was really satisfied with the way she ran today.

“I think a little more distance will help her a lot.”

Note

Wasserman edged Dress Code for second in the eighth race and upped his Emerald Downs career earnings record to $520,427. Wasserman, 9, won the 2008 Longacres Mile.